Coach and group tour operators ‘at home’ in Heaney HomePlace
Brian McCormick, Manager of Seamus Heaney Homeplace; Ruth Gould, Action Tours European Project Manager; Sue Duffy, Account Manager, The Albatross Group; Heather Knox, Dodds Coach Holidays Tour Manager Ireland and Scotland and Caroline Mulligan, Tourism Ireland Glasgow.
The group outside the Seamus Heaney HomePlace with Caroline Mulligan (standing, left) and Linda Duncan (standing, second left) from Tourism Ireland Glasgow and Mary Magee, Mid Ulster District Council (right).
Twenty-two (22) tour operators from leading coach and group travel companies in GB have been exploring Northern Ireland – as guests of Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI. They were visiting Northern Ireland prior to taking part in a B-2-B workshop today (Monday, 18 September), where they are meeting with tourism providers from across the island of Ireland to negotiate for their 2018 programmes.
The tour operators were here to experience at first-hand the wealth of things to see and do in Northern Ireland for visitors travelling as part of a coach tour party. As well as the stop at the Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy, their action-packed itinerary included a Belfast food tour, Carrickfergus Castle, Glenarm Castle and Londonderry, where they explored the city’s historic walls on a walking tour and visited the Guildhall and Walled City Brewery.
Julie Wakely, Tourism Ireland’s Head of GB, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite this group of coach and group tour operators to come and visit. There really is no substitute for being able to see what Northern Ireland has to offer at first-hand; our aim is to encourage them to extend the Northern Ireland content of their existing programmes, or to include Northern Ireland for the first time in their 2018 programmes.
“Tourism Ireland is rolling out a busy programme of promotions this autumn – aimed at boosting late-season travel to Northern Ireland and at positioning us well for 2018.”